Wellbeing and Effective Lighting
The benefits of human-centric lighting in the workplace are many, writes Head of Wellbeing at Tamlite Lighting Debbie-Sue Farrell.
Our eyes are responsible for 80% of the information we gather. Therefore, there has always been an imperative to provide a well-lit working environment. Factors include the avoidance of glare and quality of illumination that aids concentration. Lighting can contribute significantly to the comfort levels of people working in offices, shops, and factories.
Workplaces that are designed with a more ‘human-centric’ approach to lighting can make them healthier, safer, and happier places. Employers and staff alike realising the value of workplaces that focus on creating a positive environment.
Quite rightly, wellbeing and effective lighting should be a primary consideration for any new building project or technology upgrade. Yet determining the ‘right’ lighting system in any given location requires careful research and implementation. There are no easy, ‘one size fits all’ solutions.
Natural and organic lighting
Natural light is the most important type of light in any workplace. Daylight dimming reduces the output of the luminaires when natural light levels increase. This ensures that lights are only used when they are required yet also providing a more organic lighting design. By seeking a perfect balance between natural and artificial light, with different light output at different times of day, it is possible to offer illumination that works in conjunction with natural rhythms.
The latest tunable lighting systems allow the lighting to be carefully adjusted to meet human circadian rhythms. Installing lighting that can be tuned to work in harmony with workers can help improve their overall wellbeing. This happens by reducing stress and anxiety, thus increasing productivity and profitability.
The efficiency of modern lighting goes up a further gear when used in conjunction with overarching control systems. These make it possible to use and direct light where and when it is required.
Flexibility in lighting
Lighting control means that schedules and ‘states’ can be created and retained. In turn, this allows the lighting to match the requirements of the working space. This combination yields greater flexibility for delivering a mixed lighting environment. On top of this, it also makes it easier to enact changes as requirements evolve.
There are very obvious benefits for employee productivity and morale – along with attractive implications for energy-related expenditure and support. Lighting is a fantastic starting point for any company’s wellness journey.